This book would be perfect for anyone wanting to embrace and celebrate alone time.
I have always loved being alone. I grew up an only child (though I later found my siblings online), and my parents died young so solitude was part of the package. I spent a lot of time alone. I read a lot. I kept diaries. I learned to love it.
I guess I am an extrovert introvert. I am good in social situations and I have always worked with people. But I love being alone. Soaking up and revelling in solitude recharges my batteries. There is nothing better.
I have always loved going to movies alone (you don’t have to worry about whether someone else is enjoying the movie), travelling alone (you meet other people and can do exactly what you want), and living alone (total freedom). I have always enjoyed being single and being able to live my own life. But I have realised that solitude and being solitary is not for everyone.
Our society is made for couples and families. If you travel alone you usually have to pay a single supplement for rooms and cruises. If you buy food you have to either buy a family pack or pay a fortune for a single serving. There are restaurants who do not encourage single diners, or seat you near the kitchen. Often when you are single, your coupled-up friends don’t want to invite someone without a partner. Or – even worse – every woman in the room thinks you are there to steal their husbands—
So books like Alonement are really great to help find comfort in solitude – particularly in times like these where many people are force out of necessity to isolate.